Monthly Archives: January 2012

Empty Nest Painting


Here are some paint ideas once you have an empty nest.  When the kids have all moved out and you can make your space your own.. I have actually been doing alot of painting lately.. and found that Glidden has the best online color picking tool.  So empty nest or not .. Here are some helpful color choosing tools.. 🙂


Why do I worry?


Sometimes i have to laugh at myself.. I worried about something the devil uses against alot of girls and women.. Even after all I have overcome, i worried about something from my past.. During this situation i had to tell myself .. that I am NOT the same person!! I am not like i used to be.. and the devil can’t make me feel any different.. I remembered Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ♥  .Let me remind you that worry only tells God we doubt him. I worried last night and a little this morn.. only to have him show me once again that he only has good plans for me!!  As i was in the dr office… and was feeling better.. i heard God say WHY DID YOU DOUBT ME… i said i didn’t doubt you, i doubted me.. he said IF I AM IN YOU WHY WOULD YOU DOUBT YOURSELF!! WOW.. talk about feeling low.. and ashamed.. we have to claim the power and beauty and grace we have when we are truly born again… God’s word is truth and life.. LIVE HIM LOUD!!!

Family Devotional


What´s on Your Label?
Mealtime Prayer: “Dear Lord, a name isn’t something I can see or taste or touch. But help
me to remember that it sticks with me wherever I go. Amen.”
Appetizer: Grab three cans of food from the cupboard. What things on the label make customers
want to buy them? If your mom and dad were cans in a supermarket, what good
things would you put on their labels? “Hard worker”? “Good cook”? “Generous neighbor”?
What labels would you have?
Main Course: If you had to choose between “Slimy Green-Grass Pudding” and “Chocolate
Delight,” which would you choose? How did the name of the label affect your decision?
How are people also labeled by their actions? What labels do we give others? What
label do your neighbors know you by?
First Samuel 18:30 says, “David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers,
and his name became well known.” David’s name is carried on to this day. What good
things is David remembered for?
Table Talk:
• How will others treat you if your name is respected? If it isn’t respected?
• What can you do to make sure you have a good name? (Read Proverbs 3:3–4.)
• What label would you give yourself?
Vitamins and Minerals: “A good name is more desirable than great riches”
(Proverbs 22:1).



Forgiveness!! Pretty ugly word sometimes, huh? The act of forgiveness caused me suffering, tears, heartache & pain for a season.  But after the initial “culture” shock it started to  feel good.  It felt so good to let God have the suffering, tears and heartache.  It was like I switched from suffering from what I was going through to suffering from God!  That made it worth every tear and every ounce of heartache.  I heard Tony Evans say “Move over and let God knock him down. ”  I heard that and was like oh.. if i don’t worry about it anymore and let God deal with it that’s less stress for me.. Sounds easy, huh?  Well keeping my mouth shut when i felt the spirit leading me to was NOT so easy.. I would slip every now and then and say my two cents, only to have God deal with me about my actions.  It would get easier and easier and easier to keep quiet and let God issue his consequences for the things coming against me.  So many times we feel we have to protect ourselves.  We have to stand up for us, at that moment or we are wimps or not respected.  But on the flip side of that.  It’s when we stay quiet and let God stand up for us it is SO much more affective!!   God has a much better way of the revenge we so despretly seek.  If you have forgiven someone or are slowly working towards forgiving someone, or if your heart is hardened and forgiveness seems far away then this is for you!  We have to keep ourselves right in God’s eyes and what the other person(s) are doing is between them and God.  This is my two cents on the whole forgiveness thing.  Once i changed my thinking of suffering from the wrong against me to suffering for the God who loves me it was so easy to do the right thing according to the bible.  Let me break that down.  Instead of suffering because of the situation, i chose to suffer humility and letting go of pride and treating the other (s) involved with love and forgiveness.  I hope that makes a little more sense.

I will leave you with these scriptures that i used to keep my mind focused!

Passage 1 Peter 4:19:

19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Passage Philippians 4:8:
8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Passage John 8:32:
32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Passage Romans 8:37:
37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Passage Romans 12:17:
17Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone.(A)

Passage Deuteronomy 31:6:
6Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.

Ideas to Make Life Easier



Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

Simplify your life #1

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture
will disguise dings and scrapes.

Simplify your life #2

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or
computer screen with WD40.

Simplify your life #3

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box
by securing with a rubber band.

Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets
inside one of their own pillowcases and there will
be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Simplify your life #4

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod
in a bowl. The concave shape amplifies the music.

I call this the “iBowl” – haha :)

Simplify your life #5

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Simplify your life #6

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder
gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?!

Simplify your life #7

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys. (Love this idea!!!)

Simplify your life #8

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls
against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the

Simplify your life 39

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a
stocking over the vacuum hose.

Simplify your life #9

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting
crosses into a box lid.

Simplify your life #10

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and
bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Simplify your life #11

Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use
magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers
and clippers, behind a vanity door

Simplify your life #12

Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty
soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can
find them in just about every hotel. Brilliant!!

Simplify your life #12

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets
hold the plastic cups down to make them

Simplify your life #13

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

Simplify your life #14

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so
much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

Simplify your life #15

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper
bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet

Simplify your life #15

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

Simplify your life #16

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough
over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit
or ice-cream.

Simplify your life #17

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing
sunburn relief.

Simplify your life #18


Are those great ideas or what? My favorites are hanging a rod under sink to hang cleaners to create more room and I really want to try the upside down muffin pan with the cookie dough..


Father, son duo offer message of hope for those battling addiction



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Road to recovery STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News

Road to recovery

Kahil Smith, pictured, and his father Dale Ray Smith present a motivational program for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Kiwanis Park in Lufkin.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 1:15 am

By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News

“There is hope.”

That will be part of the message when a father and son come together at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the first pavilion at Kiwanis Park in Lufkin to present a motivational talk for those suffering with drug and alcohol addiction.

Dale Ray Smith and his son, Kahil Smith, have both been in and out of prison and have struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. Dale Ray Smith, who was addicted to drugs for more than 20 years, became a certified chaplain and now speaks at youth rallies, juvenile detention centers, jails, community organizations and recovery programs.

Lufkin-resident Kahil Smith was addicted to alcohol for more than seven years and now mentors at-risk youth through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council program.

Kahil Smith still finds himself in jail occasionally — this time on the other side of the bars, working with and counseling inmates.

“I don’t want (kids that I mentor) to end up where I was. I tell them, but I also show them. I actually show them where I’ve been. I was hopeless about 11 months ago,” Kahil Smith said. “I was just walking up and down the street. My drug of choice was alcohol. How did I get there? I got there by blaming other people. I was like that for seven or eight years. I was burglarizing buildings to support my alcohol habit.”

Sober for 11 months, Kahil Smith said he wants to share his story with others.

“I was nothing but a coward because every time something happened in life, I would run and drink alcohol. It wasn’t all right, though,” he said. “It became magnified, and the problems became bigger and bigger. One day I was looking out the window and I saw everyone else going to work. I said, ‘I want to be like that. I’m tired and I need some help, but I can’t do this by myself.’”

Dale Ray Smith’s book “From Hell and Back” will be available for purchase Saturday.

The event is free, but donations are accepted and snacks will be available.

For more information, call Kahil Smith at 240-2246 or visit his Facebook page.

Steve Knight’s email address is